Originally Posted by lvie
Let my six birds free-range both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Sunday evening my DH and I are having a hot toddy, discussing his deer-hunting weekend, and other things, and there it is. A bald eagle swooping up the river to check on my birds. It flew over quite a few times. I guess it was looking for the roster announcing availability on its favorite meal. They birds were back in the coop at this time - thankfully. Do I dare let them free-range today or tomorrow while it is so nice out? I don't think so but they will not be happy birds.
Trying to get the pictures of the coop and run off my phone. Unsuccessful so far.
You live very close to me and we have a huge population of Eagles here. You might lose them, you might not . (only a natural born genius could come up with that result)...
You have to weigh the decision. You are fairly well covered with trees from what I saw going by your place on 5. If the birds are under the trees and closer to the buildings I would think you are ok. The only ones I have lost to eagles have been out in the middle of my yard which is very open. No trees within 200 feet or more. Even the hawks seem to avoid the area under the trees, but that could be because my dogs roam freely.
Do you have a dog you could put out with the birds? My dogs hate it. but I force them to do chicken guard duty.
Others use CD's hanging on strings and things. Also give the birds a lot of things to crawl under.